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Car seat changes increase child safety

ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- Anyone buckling up a child in the car needs to listen up. There's a new law regarding car seats.

Next year, children 2-and-under must face the rear of the car. The Center for Disease Control shows car accidents are the leading cause of death for children 12-and-under, but, what they found is those deaths are preventable.

More than half of car seats in use are improperly installed, including which way they face. Studies show, when a smaller child's car seat faces the back of the vehicle, there are substantially reduced chances of the child getting hurt or killed in the crash.

For years, law enforcement in the state has tried to increase awareness by hosting Car Seat Safety Days. One mom says she'd be happy to follow the new mandate.

The law goes into effect in January. It's for children 2-and-under, but also those who weigh less than 40-lbs or aren't at least 40 inches tall . It's definitely a law to be aware of. Violators face fines up to $75.

According to the CDC, once a child reaches the proper height and weight, the car seat can be turned forward. It's until they reach 5-years old, then they should use a booster seat.

Five states have increased the age to 7 or 8.


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